From Russia, With Love may be a classic film in the 007series, but it certainly wasn't a phrase one would use to describe the bruiser known as Vladimir Kozlov.
A hulking 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, the aggressive Kozlov was dangerous both inside and outside of the ring. Trained in several different fighting styles — including Sambo, Judo and kickboxing — the Russian Superstar was a brutal, no-nonsense assassin once he stepped between the ropes. All business in the ring, The Moscow Mauler punished opponents with his vicious style and little emotion.
Prior to his stint in WWE, Kozlov was quite successful in his chosen disciplines. He was a former U.S. Open Heavyweight Sambo Champion and U.S. Kickboxing Association International Grappling Champion, as well as a former member of the Ukrainian national football team.
After a successful career with WWE, Prudius set his site on Hollywood, knowing that his skills and charisma are perfectly suited for the big and small screen.
He partnered with award winning producer/director Bernard Salzman and opened Quasar Entertainment, a full service production company.
His determination paid off – Prudius landed a role in the feature film “John Wick” opposite Keanu Reeves, followed by a leading role in the action packed feature film “Echo 9” that he is also a producer on, to start production in July 2016. His next project is “Fast and furious 8”.
Prudius has joined the world renown stunt team 87 Eleven, becoming one of their favorite team members due to his skills and attitude.
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USA – Heavy Weight National Sambo Champion
US Open –World Heavyweight Sambo Champion
OVW – World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion
WWE – Heavyweight World Tag Team Champion
USKBA – Heavyweight Grapling Champion
WWE – Slammy Award for Breakout Star of the Year
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Oleg’s worldwide reputation and connections in the world of sports make him a valuable contributor to the company’s creative team.